In the produce section of the grocery store, I spotted some gorgeous and absurdly fragrant Basil. I generally consider Basil a summer herb and so I usually don’t cook with it all that much during the winter season. In the summer though, I cook with it all the time as it’s one of my very favorites. Here in the valley, we are fortunate to have Shenandoah Growers, and because of them, we now have fresh quality herbs all year round. Catching a whiff of that peppery, minty goodness was all it took to set my mind spinning and this recipe was born.
These burgers are juicy and full of flavor. The Carrot adds sweetness and moisture. The Cinnamon stays in the background but adds some depth. The Orange zest adds a little zing and the Basil adds a surprising freshness that I must admit is quite nice for mid-January. I toasted some sprouted, whole grain muffins; then added some lettuce, honey mustard and red onion. Cinnamon Chicken Burgers are a quick and easy, enjoyable meal. If you are trying to cut back on beef, these burgers will not disappoint and definitely qualify as comfort food. Give these a try and let me know what you think.
Cinnamon Chicken Burgers
1 lb ground chicken
1 Carrot, grated
1 tsp Cinnamon
Zest of 1/2 an Orange
2 tbsp of fresh, chopped Basil
1/2 tsp salt
Combine ingredients in a bowl, form into patties and sauté in skillet till cooked through. Makes four burgers.
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Tammy Batcha is a life-long resident of the Shenandoah Valley. A long-time commuter, she seeks to reconnect to her community. With a background of more than twenty years in publishing, she is founder of The Goodness and Grace Company. A board certified, health and wellness coach, she continues to study integrative nutritional theory while guiding others on a path to wellness.